AAFP Welcomes Confirmation of Sylvia Burwell As Secretary of Health and Human Services

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Reid Blackwelder, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family physicians looks forward to working with Sylvia Burwell as she takes the helm of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Burwell has been an effective administrator and organizational leader in both federal and not-for-profit arenas. Her tenure as director of the Office of Management and Budget, her term as president of the Walmart Foundation, and her service with the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provide the budgetary and frontline experience needed to guide HHS in ensuring continued, meaningful health care reform.

“Just as we have enjoyed working with Kathleen Sebelius during her tenure as HHS secretary, we anticipate continued interest in building a health care delivery system that is based on primary care.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Blackwelder, contact Janelle Davis, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5222, or jdavis@aafp.org.

# # #

Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

To learn more about the AAFP and family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. Follow us on Twitter,(twitter.com) and like us on Facebook. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).